Top things on America's travel bucket list
There are countless amazing things to see and do in America: It can be hard to know where to even start. Creating a bucket list can be a helpful tool to help tick off some of the U.S. of A.'s greatest travel destinations.
Keep in mind that the U.S. is large: the third-biggest country in the world by total land area. Within its borders are grand lakes, spectacular coastlines, soaring mountains, and lush forests. Seeing all of America's stunning natural wonders alone could take a lifetime, but the U.S. has more to offer than nature. America is also home to the biggest amusement parks, some of the greatest races, adrenaline-inducing sports, epic monuments and museums, and more than 164,000 miles of highways just waiting to be driven.
More than half of Americans say they're planning to take a road trip this summer, according to SWNS Media Group polling data that involved surveying 2,000 Americans who have previously taken a road trip; Stacker analyzed the data to create a bucket list of top responses, ranked by percentage from lowest to highest desirability.
The list is a who's who (or a what's what) of top travel destinations around the U.S. And whether it's the tallest trees, the kitschiest museums, the fastest roller coasters, or simply a dose of American history, these are the top spots for the ultimate U.S. travel bucket list.
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#28. Go to Cedar Point
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 12.85%
Those in the know have had their adrenaline pumping into overdrive at Cedar Point, the self-described roller coaster capital of the world. Those not in the know should add the shores of Lake Erie to their own bucket lists: Cedar Point boasts 72 rides, including 17 roller coasters. The park is located in Sandusky, Ohio, and was first opened in 1870. This is the perfect place to overcome acrophobia.
#27. Eat Buffalo wings in Buffalo
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 13.3%
The Buffalo wing is Americana incarnate: an unbreaded chicken wing covered in sauce. The Buffalo wing name comes from the dish's inventor, a woman named Teressa Bellissimo who served them at her family-owned establishment in Buffalo, N.Y. Making the pilgrimage to Buffalo to enjoy the tasty treat is a rite of passage for any wing enthusiast, and most end up at Anchor Bar, which is the very same restaurant where the wings were invented in 1964.
#26. Watch NASCAR at Talladega
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 14.65%
The ultimate bucket-list item for gearheads starts and ends at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. The NASCAR track was first opened back in 1969, and since then has played host to countless major races. Movie buffs will also remember the track as it was prominently featured in the Will Farrell comedy “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”
#25. Catch a ball game at Wrigley Field
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 14.80%
For baseball fans, there are only two stadiums that trace the history of the sport to its beginnings and those are Fenway Park, which opened in Boston in 1912 and Wrigley Field, which opened in Chicago in 1914. The field earned its current name in 1927 when William Wrigley Jr. of Wrigley gum fame decided to change the name after owning the team for six years. Today, the hallowed ground with its famous vines on the outfield wall is still home to the Chicago Cubs, and fans of all stripes long to catch a foul ball or home run from the storied stadium.
#24. Go skiing in Colorado
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 15.20%
Colorado is home to 26 separate ski resorts and some of the best skiing in the entire world. Set in the Rocky Mountains, classic resorts like Aspen, Vail, Steamboat, and Crested Butte, dot the mega-range and attracts everyone from celebrities and families to professional skiers and snowboarders. The Colorado ski season runs from around Thanksgiving to April depending on snowfall throughout the winter and spring.
#23. Swim in the Great Lakes
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 15.4%
The Great Lakes border both America and Canada and consist of five interconnected lakes that are some of the biggest bodies of freshwater in the world: Superior, Huron, Michigan, Ontario, and Erie. The group of lakes is so big that it makes up 84% of North America's surface freshwater and 21% of the world's supply of surface freshwater. During summer months, the lakes are packed with visitors looking for a cooldown, water sports, fishing, or just sunbathing on the beach.
#22. Walk the freedom trail in Boston
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 17.3%
American history-buffs will salivate over the epic walk that is the Freedom Trail in Boston. The 2.5-mile jaunt is filled with U.S. history, including sites like the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, the USS Constitution, and even the Bunker Hill Monument. There are 16 sites in all and the trail was first opened to history-lovers in 1951. There are a variety of daily tours that cost anywhere from $8 to $30 and provide context to each site along the historic route.
#21. Hike Glacier National Park in Montana
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 17.4%
Set in the mountains of northwest Montana, Glacier National Park is a wilderness wonderland filled with endless trails, stunning vistas, glassy lakes, and majestic wildlife. There are more than 700 miles of mapped trails to explore the great expanse of the park where you can see everything from bats, bears, and beavers to elk, mountain lions, and wolverines. Adventure seekers have myriad experiences at hand like rafting, fishing, camping, and cross-country skiing.
#20. Visit the Alamo in San Antonio
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 18.3%
The Battle of the Alamo took place in San Antonio, Texas, in 1836 when the Mexican military overran the fort's Texan defenders in a 13-day offensive. The battle cry “remember the Alamo” was used later as Texas military men defeated the Mexican army and ended their control of the region. Today, the fort is a major tourist attraction and visitors can take guided tours to remember the battle as it was fought in the 19th century.
#19. See the Kentucky Derby
- Respondents with this on their bucket list: 18.55%
The Kentucky Derby is an annual horse race that takes place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The race is the first leg of the Triple Crown, a series of three horse races, which are considered the most prestigious and coveted in the sport. The Kentucky Derby has been raced since 1875 and is known for a bevy of traditions like drinking mint juleps, wearing large, ostentatious hats, and partying in the infield with thousands of other drunken race fans.2018 All rights reserved.